Devotionals

Enjoy our daily devotionals written by Pastor Randy Dubois of our Columbia City campus. You can also get these daily devotionals on Facebook, where Pastor Randy posts them daily on his personal Facebook. These devotionals can be used as another way to grow in your walk with Jesus and to grow in your understanding of God and His Word.

Jeremiah’s Escape from Death (Day 43)

Read Jeremiah 26:1-24
 
   God reminded Jeremiah that He wanted His entire message given; every word. Jeremiah may have been tempted to leave out the parts that would turn his audience against him, sound too harsh, or make him sound like a traitor. But by God’s command, he was not to delete parts of God’s message to suit himself, his audience, or the circumstances in which he found himself. Like Jeremiah, we must never ignore or exclude important parts of God’s Word to please someone. 

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Seventy Years of Captivity (Day 42)

Read Jeremiah 25:1-38
 
   Jeremiah gave this message in 605 B.C., the year Nebuchadnezzar came to power. Jeremiah began his ministry in 627 B.C. He predicted 70 years of captivity a full 20 years before they began. 

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Good and Bad Figs (Day 41)

Read Jeremiah 24:1-10
 
   In 597 B.C. Jehoiachin was taken to Babylon, and Zedekiah became king. Often royal officials were exiled to keep them from exerting power and starting a rebellion. Skilled craftsmen were taken because they were valuable for Babylon’s building program. 

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Judgement on False Prophets (Day 40)

Read Jeremiah 23:9-40
 
   How did a nation become so corrupt? A major factor was false prophecy. The false prophets had a large, enthusiastic audience and were very popular because they made the people believe that all was well. By contrast, Jeremiah’s message from God was unpopular because it showed the people how bad they were. 

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The Righteous Branch (Day 39)

Read Jeremiah 23:1-8
 
   Those responsible to lead Israel in God’s path were the very ones responsible for Israel’s present plight, and so God had decreed harsh judgment against them. Leaders are held responsible for those entrusted to their care. Whom has God placed in your care? Remember that you are accountable to God for those you influence and lead. 

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The Collection for the Christians in Jerusalem (Day 43)

Read 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
 
   Paul reminded the Corinthians to fulfill the commitment that they had already made. They had said that they would collect a financial gift to send to the church in Jerusalem. Paul was sending a few men ahead of him to make sure their gift was ready, so it would be a real gift and not look like people had to give under pressure at the last minute. He was holding them accountable to keep their promise, so that neither Paul nor the Corinthians would be embarrassed. 

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Shine Brightly for Christ (Day 8)

Read Philippians 2:12-18
 
   Put into action God’s saving work in your lives, in light of the exhortation to unity. The entire church is to work together to rid themselves of divisions and discord. The Philippians Christians needed to be especially careful to obey Christ, not that Paul wasn’t there to continually remind them about what was right. We, too, must be careful about what we believe and how we live, especially when we are on our own. In the absence of our cherished Christian leaders, we must focus our attention and devotion even more on Christ so that we won’t be sidetracked. 

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Respect for Authority (Day 27)

Read Romans 13:1-7
 
   Are there times when we should not obey the government? We should never allow government to force us to disobey God. Jesus and His apostles never disobeyed the government for personal reasons; when they disobeyed, it was in order to follow God’s moral standards. Their disobedience was not cheap: They were threatened, beaten, thrown into jail, tortured, and executed for their convictions. Like them, if we are compelled to disobey, we must be ready to accept the consequences. 

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Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate (Day 63)

Read Mark 15:1-5
 
   Why did the Jewish leaders send Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor? The Romans had taken away the Jews’ right to inflict capital punishment; so in order for Jesus to be condemned to death, He had to be sentenced by a Roman leader. The Jewish leaders wanted Jesus executed on a cross, a method of death that they believed brought a curse from God (Deuteronomy 21). They hoped to pursue the people that Jesus was cursed, not blessed by God. 

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